Florida: A Fire Survey (To the Last Smoke) by Stephen J. Pyne

By Stephen J. Pyne

In Florida, hearth season is plural, and it really is pretty much a verb. anything can continually burn. Fires burn longleaf, decrease, and sand pine. They burn wiregrass, sawgrass, and palmetto. the plush progress, the dry winters, the generally forged sparks—Florida is outfitted to burn.

In this crucial new choice of essays at the quarter, Stephen J. Pyne colorfully explores the methods the sector has approached hearth administration. Florida has lengthy resisted nationwide versions of fireplace suppression in want of prescribed burning, for which it has excellent environmental stipulations and a powerful tradition. Out of this background the fireplace neighborhood has created associations to check. The Tallahassee quarter turned the ignition element for the nationwide hearth revolution of the Nineteen Sixties. at the present time, it is still the Silicon Valley of prescription burning. How and why this occurred is the subject of a hearth reconnaissance that starts within the panhandle and follows Floridian fireplace south to the Everglades.

Florida is the 1st ebook in a multivolume sequence describing the nation’s fireplace scene area by way of quarter. The volumes in To the final Smoke also will hide California, the Northern Rockies, the nice Plains, the Southwest, and a number of other serious fireplace areas. The sequence serves as a big punctuation aspect to Pyne’s fifty-year occupation with wildland fire—both as a firefighter and a fireplace pupil. those specific surveys of neighborhood pyrogeography are Pyne’s method of “keeping with it to the end,” encompassing the directive from his rookie season to stick with each hearth “to the final smoke.”

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